Marshall Kramer is the current President of the ESD48 board of commissioners. He was one of the founding members of the local fire department. As HCESD #48 Board President he helps oversee the day to day operations of the HCESD #48 Fire Department.
He began serving as a volunteer in the late 1970’s where he earned the nickname “Marshall Marshal.” After volunteering as a fire fighter he began working full-time for the Harris County Fire Marshals Office. During his 30-year tenure, Marshall rose through the ranks, earning the position of Assistant Chief Fire Marshal of Harris County. Upon retiring from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, Marshall was elected to the Board or Commissioners of ESD48 in 2012.
Marshall and his wife of 52-years have lived in the Nottingham Country and Memorial Parkway subdivisions of the Katy area since the mid-1970s. They have two daughters and a wonderful heritage of grandchildren.
Derrick Hughes began volunteering with the Katy Volunteer Fire Department in 1983. He proceeded through the ranks to Assistant District Chief and then in 1998 when Katy Volunteer Fire Department went through reorganization, he chose to join the West I-10 Fire department, where he held the position of Station Captain.
Derrick is now retired from active firefighting duty Derrick joined the HCESD #48 Board of Directors in 2013. Derrick was born and raised in Southwest Houston and moved to the unincorporated West Harris County in 1983 with his wife Kira, and two children. He is a Safety Professional with Shell Oil Company and supports the Transaction and Projects group for non-hydrocarbon capital projects in the United States and Latin America.
David is currently a construction manager for the Southwest Zone of the Little Cesar’s Pizza franchise group. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University and was an active volunteer with the West 1-10 Fire Department. David eventually went on to become a station captain and was also a member of the Executive Board. David was elected to the HCESD #48 Board of Directors in 2014.
Mr. Schwoegl is married with 3 boys. David sees the growth of the Greater Katy area as the ESD48’s main challenge and is intent on making sure the growth is managed correctly.
Sam Henderson was born in Odessa Texas. He got married and moved to the Katy area in 1980 as a resident of Williamsburg Colony. Mr. Henderson has 3 daughters that are married and a total of 4 grandchildren.
All of the Henderson family live within the district with his grandchildren a regular fixture at the open house of the fire station. Sam got his start with the Katy Fire Department then moved on to the West I-10 station where he worked under a number of administrations. Mr. Henderson has since retired but is still active with the team as a commissioner, and was elected to the HCESD #48 Board of Directors in 2014. Sam is currently working on a plan to develop a safety and awareness program.
Bret Fossum is no stranger to the world of emergency services. He grew up in eastern North Dakota, where his Dad served as the fire chief of a rural fire department. During this time, Bret was a junior volunteer who gleaned invaluable institutional knowledge as he served to help protect the community in which he lived.
Bret is a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota. He has been employed by ConocoPhiliips as a geologist for the past 34 years where he has held a number of global positions. Other professional accomplishments include being an active member of the UND Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering corporate advisory board and the Oklahoma State University corporate advisory board. Bret is also a Certified Petroleum Geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, where he is a member of the AAPG Department of Professional Affairs, a group dedicated to promoting ethical behavior in the oil and gas industry.
Bret has been a resident of the West Houston area since 1987 and is dedicated to preserving an environment of safety within his community. Bret joined the ESD 48 Board of Directors in 2015.
Jeffrey S. Hevey, BS, is the Fire Chief of Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Chief Hevey is a 42 year veteran of the Fire and Emergency Medical Service, 22 years as a Chief Officer. Chief Hevey holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Technology from the University of Cincinnati, multiple certifications from the State of Wisconsin, and holds the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Head of Department Certification. He has also attended numerous classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chief Hevey was also a part-time Fire and EMS instructor for 29 years with Madison Area Technical College (MATC), in Madison, Wisconsin and spent 8 years instructing with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM).
In 2013, Chief Hevey was hired by Harris County ESD 48 as Fire Chief of West I-10 Fire Department where he held that position until June, 2015. In June of 2015, Harris County ESD 48 assigned him to develop a new emergency services provider for Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue now known as Harris County ESD 48. The District allowed Chief Hevey to hire his command staff made up of both local fire service members and some from out of state. On Monday, August 17, 2015, Harris County ESD 48 began services as an emergency service provider. Harris County ESD 48 provides Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection and Rescue Services to a population of approximately 130,000. The population base in Harris County ESD 48 is expected to grow by 20,000 over the next 7 to 8 years.
While in Wisconsin, Chief Hevey served as a member on the Southeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team and also served one year as President of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 106 in Waukesha, County. Chief Hevey started his Fire Service career with the City of Fairborn, Ohio in 1974, and before coming to Harris County ESD 48, he was the Fire Chief of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin from February 2009 through July 2013.
Leslie (Les) L. Fulgham is the Assistant Chief of Operations for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Chief Fulgham is a 33 year veteran of the Fire and Emergency Medical Service. He holds several certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and has been a Paramedic for 26 of those years.
Chief Fulgham began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Alief Community Volunteer Fire Department in December 1982. He held the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Paramedic and Lieutenant while at Alief (now known as Community Volunteer Fire Department) and served the citizens there for 9 years.
Chief Fulgham served the citizens of Houston with the Houston Fire Department (HFD) for 23 years. While there, he achieved the ranks/positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer/Operator, Fire Alarm Dispatcher, and Captain. The last 12 years of his career with HFD, he was assigned to the Special Operations Division/Aircraft Rescue Firefighting serving 10 years as a Captain in that Division. Chief Fulgham spent 5 years assigned as a Staff Officer, coordinating training for the City’s airport firefighters, specification and design of one of the largest fleet replacements of Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Apparatus in the Department’s history (bringing in new technology to the airports), and coordinating the Division’s compliance with FAA and State of Texas mandated standards.
In 2015, Chief Fulgham was hired as a Battalion Chief for West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department and held that position until August 2015. At that time, Chief Fulgham was hired by Harris County ESD 48 to assist Fire Chief Jeff Hevey with the logistics of getting a new Fire and EMS Service Provider up and running for the District, now known as Harris County ESD 48.
Chief Fulgham was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in January 2016 and is tasked with assisting the department in keeping up with the growth and expansion of HCESD 48 Fire Department. The department currently serves a population of approximately 130,000 and is expected to grow by another 20,000 over the next 7-8 years.
A. Thomas Westall, Jr. is the Assistant Chief of Administration for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Chief Westall has 27 years experience in fire and emergency service. Chief Westall rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Captain to Fire Chief of the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department during his volunteer career, also serving as Treasurer of West I-10 for many years. In 2016, he joined Harris County ESD 48 as Administrative Assistant Chief, coordinating the administration of three stations, construction of a new station, a new administration building and a maintenance facility. He has a BS in Political Science, a Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University, and a MBA from University of New Orleans. Chief Westall has taught numerous classes for cadets and the public, and has completed substantial training in fire suppression and emergency services.
Biography coming soon.
Wayne Buxton is a Battalion Chief on the “C” shift for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Chief Buxton started out as a Volunteer Firefighter in 1999 with Grangerland Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Buxton worked for the New Caney Fire Department from 2007 to 2016. He started out as a firefighter and then moved up through the ranks to Battalion Chief. He was recently hired as a Battalion Chief with Harris County ESD 48.
Chief Buxton holds an advanced Firefighter certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), as well as an Officer II, Instructor II, Haz-Mat Tech, Wildland Firefighter, Driver Operator and Paramedic.
Brett Ellis is a Battalion Chief on the “A” shift for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Chief Ellis brings almost 20 years of experience from Pflugerville and Sugar Land Fire Departments, as well as a number of years teaching at various fire academies and working day crew jobs in the Houston area. Chief Ellis is a Master Firefighter, Fire Investigator, Fire Service Instructor, Hazardous Material Technician, Fire Officer, EMT- Intermediate and has taken numerous National Fire Academy (NFA) courses. Chief Ellis earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from San Jacinto Jr. College, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Illinois University, a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University, and is currently earning his Doctorate in Education, with a focus on Transformational Leadership from Concordia University.
In addition to Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department, Brett has served as a Youth Minister for the past 14 years working with adolescents, as well as leading retreats and teaching workshops for parents. Brett enjoys life with his wife, Kelley, and three sons, John Carl, Wyatt, and Tristan by being active in their church, coaching baseball, playing guitar, fishing in the Gulf, and cheering on the hometown Texans. Chief Ellis’ philosophy is simple: be ready, be trained, be professional, be nice, be efficient, be relational, never stop learning, collaborate ideas, and have fun.
David J Raupp is a Battalion Chief on the “B” shift for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48). Chief Raupp has over 30 years in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He currently holds several certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and is an EMT- Basic with the Texas Department of Health.
Chief Raupp started his career in 1986 as a Volunteer with the North Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department (NMCVFD) located in Willis, Texas. He achieved the rank of Station Lieutenant with the NMCVFD, and in December of 1990 was hired by the City of Houston Fire Department (HFD). While at HFD, Chief Raupp served as a Firefighter, Driver/Operator, and as a Captain for the last 15 years of his career with HFD. Chief Raupp retired after a 25 year career with the HFD, and later joined HCESD 48. Chief Raupp has also been actively involved with numerous county fire departments in the Montgomery County area and as a part-time job, serves as a District Chief with East Montgomery County Fire Department (EMCFD). In his role with EMCFD, he serves as the Chief of Training and EMS and oversees the daily operation of the High School Fire Academy offered by the New Caney ISD. Chief Raupp joined HCESD 48 in March of 2016 as a Battalion Chief.
Biography coming soon.
Ray J. Sidwell is the Division Chief of EMS for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Chief Sidwell is a 27 year veteran of Emergency Medical Services. He currently holds his Licensed Paramedic and EMS Instructor with the Texas Department of State and Health Services and has been licensed for 20 years as a Paramedic. He also holds certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), including TCFP Structural Firefighter – Intermediate and Instructor I.
Chief Sidwell began his career as a volunteer after obtaining his EMT certification with West Harris County Emergency Medical Services in August of 1989. After several years of volunteering, he began his Paramedic career with the City of Wharton EMS, he then became a Critical Care In-Charge Paramedic with Harris County Emergency Services District 1, now called Harris County Emergency Corps. As Chief Sidwell’s career advanced, he became the Senior Paramedic Supervisor with West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department. In this position, he was responsible for managing medical supplies and various tasks assigned by the Assistant Chief of EMS. In 2015, Chief Sidwell was hired by Harris County ESD 48 to assist with the initial provisioning of the EMS Division in its transition to a new agency. Since becoming the Division Chief of EMS, Chief Sidwell has obtained his Associate in Applied Science Emergency Medical Services degree from Houston Community College. He has also had the opportunity to attend the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Matt Vasquez is the EMS Training Captain for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain Vasquez has been doing EMS since 1998, first as an Explorer and then as an EMT and Paramedic. Captain Vasquez has been a Paramedic since 2002 with 14 years of service. He has flown for two aeromedical companies with a combined total of 6 years of flight experience. Captain Vasquez is passionate about the people he cares for and dedicated to the proper education of our providers. He has been teaching EMS since 2005, and plans on continuing until he can no longer work in the field.
Tricia Vasquez is an EMS Supervisor with Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain Vasquez has been involved in EMS since 2002, receiving her Paramedic License in 2004. Captain Vasquez worked for West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department since 2009, and made the transition to Harris County ESD 48 in August of 2015. She has served as a shift supervisor for 6 years. She worked at Washington County EMS for 3 years as a shift Lieutenant and 2 years as a Captain. Captain Vasquez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Joshua McCormack is an EMS Supervisor for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain McCormack is a 19 year paramedic who has over 10 years of critical care experience with Memorial Hermann Life Flight. Josh has been a shift supervisor for the past 7 years and also instructs with Lone Star Community College’s EMS program.
Jonel Sawyer is an EMS Supervisor at Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain Sawyer has been working in the Emergency Medical Service field for 17 years and is a certified TCFP Firefighter. Prior to EMS, Captain Sawyer served in the United States Navy. Captain Sawyer worked for New Orleans EMS from 1999 to 2006. She moved to the Houston area and began working for West Harris County EMS in 2007, which has seen two transitions to become Harris County ESD 48.
Dana Massey is an EMS Supervisor at Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain Massey serves as a part-time employee and rides as a Paramedic Field Training Officer (FTO), Ride-up Supervisor, and Ride-up Battalion Chief. Prior to being hired with Harris County ESD 48, she held a full-time position with West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department and West Harris County EMS as a Paramedic and EMS Supervisor since 2002.
Dana has been in the Fire Service for 23 years. She started her career as a Volunteer Firefighter for Jacinto City Fire Department in 1993, while attending school to become a TCFP certified Firefighter/Paramedic at San Jacinto College. After her education was complete, she began working for Galena Park Fire Department for several years before leaving for a better opportunity at Baytown Fire Department. In 1999, she applied to Katy Fire Department to work as a paramedic, and has been in Katy ever since. Since working with Katy Fire Department, Captain Massey has held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Driver, Captain, and was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2013.
Glen Trahan is the Division Chief of Training for Harris County Emergency Services District
48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Chief Trahan started in the Fire Service with the City of LaPorte Volunteer Fire Department in February 1998. He went to San Jacinto Community College for his TCFP and EMT-Basic Certification Academies, and joined The Port of Houston Authority Marine Fire Department in May 1999. He stayed with LaPorte VFD until moving to the opposite side of Houston where he joined with the Plantersville/Stoneham Volunteer Fire Department for a time, until joining the Tri County Volunteer Fire Department.
Chief Trahan was hired by West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department as their Training Captain in March 2015, and was transitioned over to the Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department in August of 2015.
Chief Trahan has been married to his wife, Chelsea, for over 20 years, and together they have 5 children. In addition to his work in the Fire Service, Chief Trahan volunteers for his church and with the Boy Scouts of America.
Vince Moreno is the Training Captain for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Captain Moreno has been in the Fire Service since 1994 when he started with the United States Air Force. He joined Houston Fire Department (HFD) in 2002, and upon completion of his EMT-Basic certification, joined West Harris County EMS.
Captain Moreno joined West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department when they took over West Harris County EMS in January 2010. He stayed with them until July 2015, when they transitioned over to Harris County ESD 48 to help with the final transition details. Captain Moreno was promoted to Captain of the Training Division, where he continues to assist the District Members and new Volunteer Cadets in their fire education needs.
Jean Burg is the Training Administrative Assistant for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, TX. Jean has worked in the fire service since November 2014. She began as a Volunteer with the Rehab Unit and has recently been hired as the part-time paid Administrative Assistant for the Training Division. Jean has been married to her husband, Michael, for 33 years. They have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. In addition to working for Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department, Jean manages her husband’s law practice. Jean truly enjoys her work at Harris County ESD 48 and finds it a very fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Shelby Johnson is the Community Education Coordinator for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Lt. Johnson has worked in the Fire Service for 6 years and is a certified TCFP Structural Firefighter, Instructor I, and Inspector as well as an EMT Basic. She started as a volunteer firefighter for West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department at Station 3 in 2010, and worked up to a Lieutenant position. Lt. Johnson began her current career path in 2014 when she became the Public Relations Coordinator. This has evolved into the current Community Education Coordinator position that she currently holds. Lt. Johnson was hired on part time by Harris county ESD 48 in June of 2016.
Lt. Johnson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and worked in the engineering field for many years prior to becoming a volunteer firefighter and finding her passion for public safety.
Simon VanDyk is the Public Information Officer for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Lt. VanDyk has worked in the Fire Service since 2009 when he began as a volunteer firefighter for West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department at Station 3 while living in the house directly behind the station and would respond to calls through a gate he had installed. He is a certified TCFP Structural Firefighter, Driver/Operator and Instructor I. Lt. VanDyk has been a line Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Officer in Charge on both Engine and Ladder companies and was ultimately promoted to Lieutenant of Station 3 in the spring of 2015.
After the District’s August 2015 transition to a combination fire department model, Lt. VanDyk was pursuing education and training towards a career path in fire and life safety. However, in November of 2015, he was asked to take on a new role as Harris County ESD 48’s dedicated Public Information Officer. This position is responsible for being the spokesman for Harris County ESD 48, attending community meetings throughout our District, and keeping the residents we serve informed whenever a major incident arises.
Walla Mourad is the Office Manager for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Walla is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, including human resource management, payroll, financial management and administrative operations.
Walla has nearly a decade of professional experience in Office Administration, with an emphasis on compliance, operations, and resource management skills.
Walla received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from The University of Houston (C.T. Bauer College of Business) in 2010. While attending U of H, she was offered an internship to work for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where many of her skills sets were acquired. She is also certified in specializing in Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Middle Eastern Studies.
Prior to joining the Harris County ESD 48, Walla spent 4 years working in the banking industry as a Branch Associate Manager for BBVA Compass and another 4 years for First Data (Telecheck).
Walla is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). In her free time, Walla enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jackie Tobar is the Assistant Office Manager for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Jackie has been a member of the Fire Service since September of 2013. Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and learning new and exciting things that Harris County ESD 48 has to offer. She has a passion for helping people, not only in the office, but in her community as well. She is an excellent problem solver and takes great pride in everything she does.
Jackie was born and raised in California, but has called Texas her home since 2009. Jackie feels extremely honored to call these brave and heroic men and women she works with on a daily basis her family.
Matt Weber is the Maintenance Supervisor for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Matt started the Fire Service in June 1978 with the Houston Fire Department (HFD) and retired after serving 34 years. Matt held the ranks of Firefighter and Engineer. While at HFD, he joined the Westlake Volunteer FD where he served as Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, and Fire Chief. He was active for 16 years, and is a lifetime member. In February 2001, he was hired as a part-time Firefighter with West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department. In 2004, he took over as the Maintenance Officer for the West I-10 VFD. In August 2015, he transitioned to Harris County ESD 48 and continued as the Maintenance Supervisor.
Matt is a TCFP Master Firefighter, TCFP Driver Operator, and an EMT. He has numerous training certificates from Pierce Apparatus for Fire Apparatus Maintenance.
Adam Sturdevant is the Maintenance Assistant for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Adam started the Fire Service in the Katy area in 1999. Adam entered the Houston Fire Department (HFD) in 2003 and currently holds the rank of Firefighter with HFD. In 2008, Adam was hired as an additional Maintenance Technician.
Adam has certifications with the ASE for Automobile Technician, career diploma for Automotive Mechanics, and factory training certificates for maintenance and repair of Pierce fire apparatus.
Lou Fabricant is the Purchasing Officer for Harris County Emergency Services District 48 (HCESD 48) in Katy, Texas. Lou moved to Katy in 1977 working for the Gerber Products Company. In 1978 he was voted onto the Cimarron Subdivision homeowners’ association and helped form West-I 10 Volunteer Fire Department as a founding member.
Lou became a Lifetime Member of West I-10 in 2000 and continued until July of 2015 when he transitioned to Harris County ESD 48. He held various ranks from Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, District Chief and Purchasing Officer. Lou served many terms on the Board of Directors during his 37 years as a member of the department. Lou completed all requirements to become an SFFMA advanced certified Firefighter with over 6,000 hours of training.
Lou became a founding member of Harris County ESD 48 in July 2015 and is currently the Rehab Coordinator, Purchasing Officer, and Knox Box liaison.
In 2006, Lou married Rene and between them they have 10 grandchildren with the oldest being in her second year at the University of Arkansas.
Biography coming soon.